Right to protest
First, let me say that this is not about whether you CAN. I know you can protest, and I am all for the right to protest outside of something you don't like, or before or after it. But as you will see, what I am about to talk about is not that.
Yesterday, Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke at my school. In the audience was about 100 people. About 20 were people who did not like him. He walked out to a mix of cheers and boos, and started speaking. He was frequently interrupted by protesters shouting at him (things like the word torture, stuff about civil liberties, Iraq, Abu Ghraib, etc). During the speech, there were at least three stoppages when it got out of control. A group of aboutten decided to leave, shouting random crap at him, stopping him for about 45 seconds while he was talking about how 9/11 changed everything. As a result, I never got to hear all he said, and I was interested somewhat in it. He was also disrupted when someone shouted about "100,000 dead in Iraq" and then 2 police officers decided to remove him after he had been making calls and stuff the entire event. He refused to exit, and the police officers had to physically drag him out. He let his arms and legs go limp, and made them pull his entire weight to leave. There were also 2 suflur capsules opened, releasing a nasty smell inside of the entire auditorium. In all, there were easily 50+ side comments made during the approximately 40 minute event.
Since I am an official in my student government, I feel ashamed by this deplorable behavior. It makes us students look like we cannot be civil and sit through a man's speech, no matter how controversial he is. I am fully for a person's right to protest, but do it before, after, or outside. Do not disrespect him or disrupt those that actually want to listen. Do you agree with this statement?
Proud to be an American.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."-Edmund Burke